Apple to Samsung – all Devices

As most people know about me, I am very tech savvy. I love Windows, MacOS, Chromium, iOS, Android, BlackBerry (classic and Android)……and the list keeps going on and on.

I recently had an iPhone 7 Plus, an Apple Watch, a 2018 MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro. I was well invested in Apple’s devices simply because I wanted the the ‘experience’ of integrated services.

But all that changed after having three of the worst customer service experiences with the tech giant over a year’s time frame.

My most recent experience was after I bought my shiny new Macbook Pro after hearing the recommendations about this “device for professionals and creatives” from a specialist at my local store. It was a beautiful device – until I tried to run Adobe Creative Suite on it and Microsoft Office. The device began to lag in performance, and for the price tag of $1400, I expected perfection, just like most people would.

So I decided to chat with Apple to see what was going on with my $1400 machine – after all, Apple is supposed to be the best, right? Sure. We’ll let them think that.

…..Anyway…..

The customer support chat was about as responsive as my new lagging $1400 Macbook Pro. After not getting my issues resolved, and after an hour plus of chatting, I informed the chat agent that I appreciated their help and that I was going to return the Macbook Pro.

End of conversation.

So not only did I return my Macbook Pro to the store, I also returned my defective Apple Watch (it was not tracking movement after a recent iOS update), traded in my iPhone 7 Plus at Best Buy and I am also in the process of trading in my iPad Pro as well sometime in the near future.

I went back to my Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, bought a Samsung Chromebook Pro (with an sPen built in) for $499 on sale and a Samsung 9 Pro Laptop (it has a dedicated graphics card, instant on access, 256 GB SSD just like the Macbook Pro and an sPen built in) $1249 which everything for Adobe Suite and Microsoft Office works just like it should. I have everything synced back to Google Drive (my preferred ecosystem) instead of using Apple’s forced ecosystem (iCloud usage is mandatory to allow sync across devices) and Google’s at the same time.

I am not saying that one platform or device is better than the other, it really is based on personal preference and how one company can pitch a sale better than the other (this should be something for everyone to think about because Apple does a great job of paying the media to keep known issues away from the public for 6 months as they try to resolve the issues behind the scenes and Google is the one that notifies Apple when there is a known issue in security – who is Apple’s primary search engine? Google.) but I never had to contact tech support for a Windows based, Chrome based or Android device that took over 15 minutes to fix (except HP, they take weeks and an FTC complaint). The combination of Android and Windows works best for me.

Am I bitter? Nope. Just logical.

The iPhone Model Numbers and Their Meanings

One thing that I have been paying attention to when I buy a new iPhone is the model number. I am not talking about the  differences between the iPhone 5, SE, 6, 6S, 7, 8 or X. I am speaking about the actual model number found on your device, its compatibility with your current carrier or switching to another carrier, and possibly its trade in value.

This is something I learned about two years ago, and at that moment in time, I was not aware that an iPhone that you buy from AT&T directly will not work on Verizon’s network., even if you had it successfully unlocked by AT&T. But if you buy an iPhone from Best Buy on behalf of AT&T or directly from the Apple Store, after it’s paid off you can move to any carrier you’d like.

Why does this happen?

It’s simple. The carrier (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) and sub carriers (Cricket, Total Wireless, Boost, etc) create a legal binding agreement with Apple in order to have the iPhone made to fit their own network, so the carrier can do two things:

1. Financial security. Make sure that you pay off your phone entirely before you’re able to move to another provider (if applicable), simply because the carrier doesn’t make money off of their phones as much as they do their monthly service fees.

2. Customer Satisfaction. They want your iPhone to work at its best on their network. It costs money to have customers call tech support for every little issue, plus they want the user to have the best experience possible.

Lets talk about the model numbers. I have an iPhone 7 Plus (yes, I always buy the previous year’s model to save money when they go on sale and a new iPhone is released), I will compare the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.  I am only going to cover the carrier. If you want Bandwith  specific information, please go to Apple.com or your carriers website.

This information can be found under Settings -> General -> About -> Model number -> tap on the longer model number to reveal the short version as seen below:

iPhone 7: A1660 Global Phone (carrier unlocked), can be used on GSM (AT&T / T-Mobile) and CDMA (Sprint / Verizon)

iPhone 7: A1778 Global GSM (Full service capability on AT&T / T-Mobile only), model typically sold directly from AT&T and T-Mobile Stores or online from their website. You can use voice services with Verizon and Sprint, but you will only have data services through AT&T / T-Mobile.

iPhone 7: A1779 Japanese Global version (difference is a the ability to use Apple Pay in Japan), covers GSM and CDMA networks.

iPhone 7 Plus: A1661 Global Phone (Carrier unlocked), can be used on GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile) and CDMA (Sprint, and Verizon)

iPhone 7 Plus: A1784 Global GSM (Full service capability on AT&T / T-Mobile only), sold directly from AT&T and T-Mobile stores on direct from their website. You can still use voice services over Verizon and Sprint, but you will not have data services on these networks.

iPhone 7 Plus: A1785 Japanese Global version (Apple pay capable in Japan), covers GSM and CDMA networks.

So there you have it. Now you know what you’re getting when you shop online on eBay and Amazon or if you’re looking to buy an iPhone directly from Apple, your existing carrier or a reseller (like Best Buy). Based on my personal experiences with reselling my old phone, if you have one that is unlocked for GSM and CDMA carriers, you usually get a bit more for the iPhone. Some resellers may charge you a small difference in pricing compared to your carrier, but you’re getting the most for your money when it comes to reselling it yourself or avoid a huge headache if you want to switch carriers.

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The iPad Pro? Would Steve Jobs Approve For His Children?

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad on April 3rd 2010, after the product launch, he advised that his children were not allowed to have an iPad. Why?

Steve’s answer, although he is the father of the product, saw no need for his children to have one since they each had an iPhone and a Mac. Steve himself declared that the iPad wasn’t an item for children if you wanted them to grow up learning outside of technology, and wanted them to grow up on a more live social scale, rather than a digital scale. As a person of reasoning, I can understand his decision.

But in 2016 the iPad Pro came into the picture, and we see Apple commercials today in 2018 with a child carrying his iPad Pro around with them – everywhere. They seem to be doing everything from taking pictures with it to writing a report for school. Finally at the end of the commercial, a woman asks, “What are you doing on your computer?” And the child responses, “What’s a computer?”.

So what happened here? Steve Jobs said that the iPad was not suitable for his own children, but here is Apple after the late Steve Jobs turns his passion over to Tim Cook, advertising the iPad Pro with the main character as a child.

Evolution.

The iPad was basically an enlarged iPhone and e-Reader when it was first introduced. It really didn’t have the capabilities and speed that it has today and Apple even claims that it can replace a laptop, which with the App Store and it’s (sometimes) overwhelming number of apps, like Microsoft Office, you can really run your day from an iPad Pro.

I am using it right now and I have since 5am this morning.

So would Steve Jobs allow his kids to have an iPad Pro today in comparison to Apple’s original iPad from 2010?

Absolutely.